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Neuropathy caused by High Blood Sugar

 

Nerve damage or diabetic neuropathy resulting from chronically high blood glucose can be one of the most frustrating and debilitating complications of diabetes because of the pain, discomfort and disability it can cause, and because available treatments are not uniformly successful.

Although pain or numbness in the legs or feet may be the most common complaint from people diagnosed with neuropathy, it is not the only symptom of this complication. Diabetic Neuropathy can cause a host of different types of symptoms, depending on whether nerves in the legs, gastrointestinal tract, or elsewhere in the body are affected. If you have any of these symptoms, neuropathy may be the culprit:

  • inability to adequately empty the bladder of its contents, resulting in frequent infections;

  • nausea, vomiting, abdominal fullness or bloating, diarrhea, or constipation;

  • low blood pressure upon standing that causes fainting or dizziness;

  • inability to lift the foot or new deformities of the foot, or foot ulcers;

  • trouble achieving or maintaining an erection.

Some patients find some relief from this nerve damage or neuropathy by keeping blood sugars as closely controlled as possible, regular exercise and keeping their weight under control. Although physicians have found some medications and other treatments that help ease these symptoms in some people, prevention continues to be the key. There are no miracle cures or treatments for neuropathy, although a variety of treatments are often helpful. There is no way to heal or replace nerves that have been damaged. Many patients will ask their neurologist about the value of nutritional supplements or vitamins to ease pain.

 

According to neurologist, the goal for the meantime is to identify ways to help patients manage the pain and discomfort of neuropathy and to help patients lead as normal a life as possible despite the pain or other side-effects caused by this complication." #neuropathy #diabeticneuropathy #pain #painmanagement #highloogsugar #winnielimkhoo #neurologist #specialist #doctor #manila #philippines #help #advise

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